Climate & Energy

Our world is warming, with dire consequences to the American West’s communities, lands, rivers, and wildlife.

Teens Are Suing Their States For Ruining The Planet (MTV News 7/16/15)

7/16/2015

The Earth is amazing but it is also a garbage pile mess. Thankfully, teens across the country who want to clean it up are taking matters into their own hands and suing the sh-t out of their states.

Judges Can Save Us From Climate Change, And They've Already Started (Daily KOs 7/6/15)

7/06/2015

A new trend is on the horizon. Concerned about the dangers of climate change and the violation of fundamental rights held by citizens, courts are requiring governments to take adequate actions to limit greenhouse gas emissions.

Court considers oil moratorium at Chaco Canyon (Albuquerque Journal 7/13/15)

7/13/2015

Environmentalists and oil industry representatives faced off in federal court on Monday over oil drilling in the Mancos Shale near Chaco Culture National Historical Park in northwestern New Mexico.

A group of environmental organizations filed suit last March to force the U.S. Bureau of Land Management to conduct a new environmental impact study on the effects of oil production in the Mancos Shale near Chaco Canyon.

Sacred Lands Ban in Court (News 7/13/15)

7/13/2015
Environmental groups make their case against BLM's permitting practices

A judge is due to hear arguments today in Albuquerque in a lawsuit challenging the Bureau of Land Management’s approach of issuing one oil and gas development permit at a time, rather than considering the cumulative effects of all the wells in an area on public health, the environment and cultural resources.

Plaintiffs include San Juan Citizens Alliance, WildEarth Guardians, the National Resources Defense Council and Diné Citizens Against Ruining Our Environment, being represented by attorneys from the Western Environmental Law Center and WildEarth Guardians.

Archaeologists call on feds to protect Chaco Canyon area (News 6/30/15)

6/30/2015

Tucked away among northwestern New Mexico's sandstone cliffs and buttes are the remnants of an ancient civilization whose monumental architecture and cultural influences have been a source of mystery for years.

Scholars and curious visitors have spent more than a century trying to unravel those mysteries and more work needs to be done.

WA Court Affirms Best Available Climate Science as Basis for Emissions Reduction Goals (Columbia Climate Law Blog 7/13/15)

7/13/2015

One year ago, eight young climate activists (ranging from 9 to 14 years old) petitioned Washington State’s Department of Ecology (“the Department”) to adopt and implement stricter greenhouse gas emissions regulations based on the most current and best available climate science. When the Department denied the petition last August, the petitioners sued to appeal the denial.

Youth Petitioners In Washington Climate Case to Meet with Department of Ecology to Discuss Potential Settlement (Press Release 7/8/15)

7/08/2015

Seattle, Washington – Eight youth petitioners will meet with the head of the Washington Department of Ecology (“Ecology”) to discuss potential settlement options in their climate change case. On June 23, 2015, in a landmark decision, King County Superior Court Judge Hollis Hill ordered Ecology to reconsider their climate change petition asking for carbon dioxide reductions based upon best available science.

Kid ninjas save the world (MSNBC News 7/1/15)

7/01/2015

Zoe Foster is 13 years old. She likes going to the beach. When not busy with homework, she also enjoys suing Washington State in King County Superior Court.

The story of Zoe’s lawsuit sounds like a bad movie, something from the same shelf as kid-ninjas save the world: a clique of teenagers, convinced their government is not doing enough to slow global warming, uses the courts to protect their future.

Yet that’s exactly what’s happening in Washington State.

Drilling Opponents Want BLM To Consider Cumulative Effects (KUNM Radio Story 7/1/15)

7/02/2015

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There used to be big talk about a big boom coming to the San Juan Basin. Industry thought they’d sink 20,000 new oil wells. Companies wanted to take advantage of oil deposits squeezed into tiny fissures in tight shale deep underground.

That was a few years ago.

Today, the estimate is for fewer than 2000 new oil wells.

Teens 'shocked' to win lawsuit against government (King5 NBC Video 7/1/15)

7/01/2015

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A group of teenagers has convinced a King County superior court judge to order the Washington State Department of Ecology to consider statewide reductions in carbon dioxide emissions.

They say they're shocked but also excited.

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